Stark Unplugged: "Hopefully Eric Will Lose’ And Ro "Has To Wait And Run’

Pete Stark, Rep. Eric Swalwell

CONGRESS | 15TH DISTRICT | Pete Stark’s four decades in Congress did not have a happy ending and the bitter defeat to Democrat Eric Swalwell apparently still burns. Stark told Roll Call, a publication focused on Congress, he plans to do everything in his power to help State Sen. Ellen Corbett defeat his old rival next year.

“Hopefully Eric will lose, and I am doing everything I can to see that Ellen Corbett wins that primary election,” Stark told Roll Call on Wednesday, “I remember Eric, during the campaign against me, suggested that I was too old and inept to be of any value in the political process, so I am going to see if I can prove that to be wrong.”

In fact, Swalwell’s sometimes mean-spirited attacks on Stark’s human frailty was an underreported aspect of his upset victory last year. You may recall Swalwell’s campaign produced a low-budget video depicting a hypothetical debate between Swalwell, who appeared as himself, and a young actor with painted gray hair posing as Stark.

During the last campaign finance period, Stark contributed $2,000 to Corbett’s campaign and more appears on the way. There is also a chance Stark’s reemergence in next year’s race could actually help Swalwell again reinvigorate moderates and conservatives in the Tri Valley.

But, while other members of the California Democratic House delegation are beginning to make a concerted effort to strangle Corbett’s intraparty bid while its still in its crib, Stark is heading in opposite direction, at least, in this race.

However, Roll Call also published an article Thursday, possibly showing Stark employing a plea for party loyalty over an upstart young Democrat in another nearby congressional race. Stark told the publication, he attempted to dissuade Ro Khanna from challenging South Bay Rep. Mike Honda next year.

“I tried to convince Ro not to do that,” Stark told Roll Call. “I think that’s impertinent of him. I mean … Mike is a fantastic member of Congress.” In fact, Stark’s emphasis on describing Honda as a beloved member of the state’s House delegation is a meme you will often heard from local officials and political observers in the area.

But, before you label Stark a hypocrite for claiming party loyalty when it does not effect him personally, he also told Roll Call, Khanna “has to wait and run.” Of course, waiting for their turn to run, is what a caravan of local politicians, including Corbett and Khanna, did in the 15th District two years ago before Swalwell swooped in a upended the order of things in the East Bay.



Categories: 2014 Election, campaign finance, CD15, CD17, congress, Ellen Corbett, Eric Swalwell, Mike Honda, Ro Khanna

67 replies

  1. Regarding Pete's threats to pour money into defeating Swalwell, a few points.

    Pete now claims to have a minimum of $15,000,000 of assets.
    Probably has much more.

    He has thus far spent $2,000 to support Corbett.
    Still sitting the cheap seats as far as influencing this election.

    He still has $60,000 in his old campaign account.
    I guess he could spend about $50,000 of that on the Corbett race, either directly or indirectly to support her.

    Beyond that, I don't see Pete using any of his own money.

    After all this is a guy who takes care of himself.
    Remember, even with 15 to 30 million dollars, he made sure he got Soc. Security money for each of his young children over the years. That in a program where the real intent of the legislation was to care for needy children of aging parents.

    Pete fit nicely under the loose criteria and got tens of thousands of dollars over the years. Perhaps in excess of $100,000 total. 3 young kids, monthly checks for years and years.. I don't know what it all added up to.

    Unlikely a guy who would take that money would spend any significant amount of his own money to help Corbett in a very iffy campaign effort.

    Pete didn't even spend any of his own money to help his own re-election.

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  2. Stark is so full of shit. THE PEOPLE WILL DECIDE WHOM THEY WANT AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVE.

    How could I have been so stupid to vote for that arrogant horse's ass for all those years?

    He wants to wage war on someone who dared to run without kissing the ring and going to the back of the line? Bring it on.

    I have never been involved in a campaign before but I will do everything I can to help Eric Swalwell. I have a very small pension but will give what I can just to silence Pete the miserable windbag.

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  3. Eric is not running against Stark this time with his irascible temperament and personality. Ellen Corbett is a much more formidable foe and an extremely likable and capable politician. She is very likely to win as she has helped many people in this area over the years. I know our family will be supporting her.

    Since Eric has authored no significant legislation in Washington, I'll take Ellen Corbett who has authored significant legislation to help the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, etc.

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  4. I agree Ellen Corbett in 2014. She is a much better politician an has done more for Seniors, children,women, the environment, consumers, working families, teachers, nurses, and on and on.. Swalwell has accomplished nothing on the Dublin city council or since he's been in Congress.

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  5. If you check the Citizen articles you will find Swalwell not Corbett has been bought and paid for by big business, large corporations, big pharma, etc. I'll take Corbett any day with her outstanding pro-consumer voting record. Go get him Ellen because you have a good chance of winning. Eric only won because people thought Stark was losing it. I also voted for Swalwell, but won't again. He's too inexperienced, corrupt and changes his mind on issues all the time.

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  6. Dorcas, you never voted for the congressman in your entire life. You don't live in the district. You have always volunteered on old man's Stark's campaigns. Finally, you're off your meds again and smoking the bad stuff.

    Eric going to kick that fatt ass where it hurts!

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  7. To the anon 8:45 poster above—-Well what do you know? It's the Swalwell troll, stooge, shill, staffer (pick one cause there's only one). Remember the name Eric ” the corrupt flip-flopper” Swalwell if you want to vote for the developers wet dream or the mega-corporations best friend.

    If you check the Citizen article you will find Swalwell not Corbett has been bought and paid for by big business, large corporations, big pharma, etc. I'll take Corbett any day with her outstanding pro-consumer voting record. Go get him Ellen because you have a good chance of winning. Eric only won because people thought Stark was losing it. I also voted for Swalwell, but won't again. He's too inexperienced, corrupt and changes his mind on issues all the time.

    If I had a mistake prone boss like yours, I'd try and change the topic too!

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  8. Stark is so full of shit. THE PEOPLE WILL DECIDE WHOM THEY WANT AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVE.

    How could I have been so stupid to vote for that arrogant horse's ass for all those years?

    He wants to wage war on someone who dared to run without kissing the ring and going to the back of the line? Bring it on.

    I have never been involved in a campaign before but I will do everything I can to help Eric Swalwell. I have a very small pension but will give what I can just to silence Pete the miserable windbag.

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  9. Eric is not running against Stark this time with his irascible temperament and personality. Ellen Corbett is a much more formidable foe and an extremely likable and capable politician. She is very likely to win as she has helped many people in this area over the years. I know our family will be supporting her.

    Since Eric has authored no significant legislation in Washington, I'll take Ellen Corbett who has authored significant legislation to help the environment, women, consumers, seniors, children, education, etc.

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  10. Bill's endorsement won't help Swalwell much as Ellen is a much better candidate than Stark and she is well liked in her Senate District. She has pulled upset after upset in her career and when she beats Swalwell I'm not sure you could even call it an upset. I know she has helped us in the past and we will be voting for Ellen Corbett next year, even though we voted for Eric last year.

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  11. Will always be a sure bet for Congressman Eric Swalwell.

    Love ya for all time, honey!

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  12. It doesn't matter who Bill or Pete support. It will come down to Ellen vs. Eric. It will be Ellen's experience and accomplishments in the Senate vs. Eric's inexperience and lack of accomplishments in Congress. This school teacher thinks Ellen Corbett deserves to be elected to Congress next year based on the criteria just enunciated.

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  13. Stark is so full of shit. THE PEOPLE WILL DECIDE WHOM THEY WANT AS THEIR REPRESENTATIVE.

    How could I have been so stupid to vote for that arrogant horse's ass for all those years?

    He wants to wage war on someone who dared to run without kissing the ring and going to the back of the line? Bring it on.

    I have never been involved in a campaign before but I will do everything I can to help Eric Swalwell. I have a very small pension but will give what I can just to silence Pete the miserable windbag.

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  14. I agree with 12:13 on Dec 6th and I like Ellen too but I don't know if she will win by much. I'll take 52-48 and be immensely happy, and I'll bet Corbett will too. I do agree when Swalwell was on the Dublin City Council he did nothing and so far in Congress also has authored no significant legislation, but has signed on to other Dems bills. Ellen Corbett, by contrast, has authored signifiant legislation benefitting the middle class and lower middle class.

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  15. I agree Ellen Corbett in 2014. She is a much better politician an has done more for Seniors, children,women, the environment, consumers, working families, teachers, nurses, and on and on.. Swalwell has accomplished next to nothing on the Dublin city council or since he's been in Congress.

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  16. Ellen is more popular East of the hills then you believe. It will be much closer because of all the unwanted development and congestion that Eric voted for on the Dublin City Council that added to the traffic jams that are destroying our way of life.

    Since Ellen will destroy him West of the hills, she should be able to win because of the ground troops (precinct walkers) and phone bankers that will volunteer for her. She has always had many more than her opposition. Supporters going door to door usually win elections, not how much money you get from vested interests.

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  17. My wife and I voted for Eric last year but this next year will vote for Ellen Corbett. Eric has done absolutely nothing meaningful in Congress since he's been there. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

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